Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)

Bosela Eale was one of Dr. Steve Van Horn's students during Steveís first trip to Kenya in January 1998 to teach at the Nairobi International School of Theology. A relationship was formed and as a result of Steve's direction, encouragement, and support, Bosela and others were instrumental in starting more than ten churches in five cities in the country. Dr. Van Horn has been back to the DRC repeatedly beginning in 2000, and has conducted pastors' seminars throughout the country.

Pastor Bosela Eale, seen here with his wife Brigitte, has spearheaded a church planting ministry that has given birth to many churches throughout Bosela's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bosela now coordinates ITEMís ministry in the DRC, and is in the process of being trained to conduct the seminars on his own.

Benoit Mazunda, seen here with his wife Marie Ann, became ITEMís coordinator in the DRC when Bosela left for South Africa to earn his PhD degree. Benoit was a pastor in Bandundu, DRC when Steve first met him but Campus Crusade for Christ, his employer at the time, moved him to the capital city of Kinshasa. Benoit has been trained to conduct ITEM seminars on his own and has begun doing so.

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Pastor Joel Mananga, seen here with his wife Christine, is a pastor who has adopted ITEMís philosophy of ministry and preaches through books of the Bible, which is unheard of in Africa. He is ITEMís ďexampleĒ and assists Benoit Mazunda in setting up and coordinating ITEMís work in the DRC.

(From left) Joel & Christine Mananga, Benoit & Marie Ann Mazunda, Steve Van Horn, Jean Romain & Odette Mpolo (Jean Romain administrates the Cyber Cafť)

Another member of our team in the DRC is Peace Mialamba (left). He has been Steveís interpreter many times. He has a degree in English.

 

Here you can see Peace in action as he interprets Steve during one of the lectures.

Benoit and Joel do an excellent job managing budgets and putting good, understandable budget reports together after each seminar. Here they are seen finalizing their budget reports for one of Steveís trips.

ITEM has conducted Bible and theology seminars in many cities in the DRC. Steve has been traveling to the DRC once or twice a year since 2000 and has conducted numerous seminars in several cities.  

Pastors like these are very grateful for ITEMís Bible and theology seminars. For most of them this is their first exposure to any kind of systematic teaching of the Bible and the 80 pages of immediately transferrable notes are a valuable tool for them as they continue to study and prepare more biblical sermons.

Here are the pastors who completed one of our seminars in the DRC. ITEM conducts between six and eight of these a year spread across several African countries. The number of pastors trained each year number between 500 and 600.   

Benoit and Steve divide up the lectures when Steve is there doing a seminar. Here you see Benoit preparing for his next lecture.

 

Benoit and Joel have been trained to conduct seminars on their own. Here is one group of pastors Benoit took through ITEMís Bible and theology seminar.

 

This is a church in the DRC, a typical venue for one of ITEMís seminars.

 

Toilets that you find at churches are normally an outdoor brick room with a hole in the cement floor, which is the opening to a large hole that has been dug under the room. In this picture there are no bricks, no cement, no walls. The toilet is a hole in the ground surrounded by a tarp providing some privacy. This is a co-ed toilet, by the way.

A Cyber Cafť was set up to help generate income for ITEMís ministry in the DRC. A continual rolling blackout turns the power on and off frequently which makes it hard to turn a profit. When the power is off the men must run a generator, which eats up most or all of the profits. But the business has been able to put a little bit of money back into the ministry.

Steve takes used computer equipment to the DRC to help keep the Cyber Cafť computers in running condition. Here he is delivering a box of used equipment to Jean Romain.

Kinshasa, DRC is the capital. The population is 10 million. Very few people have their own vehicle so they rely on public transportation. Sometimes, during rush hour, people will stand by the road for two hours waiting for a seat in a taxi or a bus. This is a picture of a bus stop.

Americans are often given gifts as they are leaving. Here is one of several shirts Steve has been given over the years. It was given to him by a family that hosted him for a week.